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forgetting. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. right now it's time for "the ed show" with ed schulze. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show." tonight from new york, these stories on the table and hitting my hot buttons at this hour. well, republicans are threatening political armageddon. i guess that's what you could shut down washingtonz if the tanman trades his 9 iron in for the speaker's gavlt. democrats listen up, now is the time to stand up to these guys. >>> and the beckster, he must love it. he took another shot at me. this time he brought you into the picture. i think the beckster should be worrying about his own backyard. we'll cook his goose later on in the show. a former white house insider exposes rahm emanuel's contempt for unions? the guy who used the f word to describe progressives apparently used the same kind of language towards the autoworkers. an expert on the obama administration recently told me, hey, rahm's not the big bad wolf. i'll ask him what he thinks now. that's all coming up. >>> this is the story that has me fired up toni
to get up. you still don't want to do it. can i read it? let me read it this en. tony danza joins us live to talk about the year he spent teaching and why it took him to tiers. i'm richard lui in for chris jansing. those stories in a moment. we begin with breaking news we're following on many fronts. to start t latest on a story that's been developing over the past few hours. former president jimmy carter has just been released from a hospital. taken there after falling ill on a flight on his way to a book signing. the former president, who is 85 years old, had an upset stomach and upon arrival was taken to metro health hospital for observation. he's been allowed to lead and is expected to continue his book tour this week. the eiffel tower evacuated again, police clearing the landmark and the surrounding park after a bomb threat around 9:00 p.m. local time at the moment. this is the second threat in two weeks at the tower. other parts of paris have received call-in threats. all have been false alarms. texes are high in trance, where the security alert is at high levels over fears of a pos
claims iran may be financing attacks by the taliban against u.s. interests in afghanistan. according to the sunday times in london, taliban militants are getting paid thousands to carry out these attacks. nbc's tom aspell is in kabul with the latest. tom with a good day to you, what can you tell us? >> well, the british sunday times says one of its reporters has met with a taliban treasurer from wardak province west of kabul who makes regular trips into kabul to go to five iranian construction companies which then give him cash to carry back to the shadowed governor of wardak province, who distributes the money to taliban fighters. they each get paid about $200 a month and are given a bonus of a thousand dollars if they kill an american and $6,000 if they destroy an armored vehicle belonging to the americans. now the "sunday times" says these companies have been in existence about six months, take money from foreign donors, for reconstruction projects, send the profits back to tehran by the banking system and return some of the money to kabul to be distributed to the taliban treasure
elections in november. nbc's tracie potts joins us. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: what to do about taxes. the senate confirmed what the house already said, this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november. not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls, however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america, a government that's too big, they say is something they want to get rid of if they're elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures that
won't wait for the political play book to be handed to us from high from the elites that may take renegades going rogue to get us there. it may take folks shaking it up to get there. >> reporter: so, alex, she is perhaps the most powerful person in the republican party now. certainly with the conservative base. she goes to iowa. everybody wants to know, will she or won't she? it's the question we have asking for quite some time now. she laughed it off in her speech. that morning she was in the hotel room lacing up her sneakers getting ready to go for a jog. todd said don't do that because the headline tomorrow is palin runs in iowa. she wasn't tipping her hand. she has that popularity. some say she's to polarizing a figure. she's got no backing on the left. the middle is lukewarm toward her. some republicans have their doubts. but, sarah palin really brought down the house last night in iowa. alex. >> are you surprised? it's a rhetorical question. i know, no. she has that effect on people that come to see her. >> reporter: she does. >>> people in afghanistan have gone to the polls
30 years in prison for a crime they say they never committed. >>> great to have you with us, everybody. just weeks before the midterm elections both republicans and democrats are trying to figure out whether the tea party movement will help or hurt them. there's so much discontent over the economy and high unemployment that americans are telling us in poll after poll that the status quo just won't work any more. in the politco george washington battleground poll only 28% said the country was headed in the right direction. 63% said it was on the wrong track. a brand-new poll out today gives us insights as to how they're feeling about the tea party. chief washington correspondent nora nor norah o'donnell joins me now. tell me what it gives us as we're heading into november. >> it reflects what we've seen in our poll, a lot of americans are fed up with the direction of this country. they don't trust washington. they don't trust big institutions. and they want change. and then you see segments of the voting population that not only want change, but they are mad as hell and that
. bill karins tracking this storm very closely for us and how does it look right snow. >> the storm weakened from a category 4 to a 3. looks like we're going through another burst of intensification. you can see it right there. a clearing of an eye and that is usually the storm is tightening itself up and the winds will increase slightly during the day today. warm water out ahead of it and we do not expect much more weakening by the time it gets out towards north carolina. the hurricane hunter aircraft is just on its way in. now the next storm, the next hurricane hunter aircraft will be in there probably another three hours from now. until then we'll have to look and get estimates on the satellite of how strong earl is. the wind field 125 mi-mile-per-r winds. as we go into friday, our computer models, we have been watching these closely. when you see the pink line to the right, that would be a hard-glancing blow. the line all the way to the left in the blue would be huge problems. we'll end up with something in the middle and that's what the hurricane forecast is as of now. cat 3 to
survived this terrible crash. these are the pictures coming into us. the plane was trav there is no word on what caus this crash. >>> and legalized recreational marijuana could become a reality in california. on election day residents will vote on proposition 19 which will take away criminal penalties for people 21 an older for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. former dea administrator says it will be a big mistake. >> safety in the streets will be jeopardi jeopardized, on the highways, in the workplace, everywhere. proposition 19 is simply a to pathway, not to dice, but to disaster. >> nbc news correspondent pete williams joins us live. that's one side of the argument. what is the other side saying? >> the other side is number one, the war on drugs is a large failure, especially as it has police cracking down on the u.s. use of marijuana, which isn't worth the effort. 400,000 people in california use it legally. many more us it illegally. they also say if california were they could marijuana tax it. and former officials of mexico say california were to do this it would put
channel meteorologist scott williams joins us now live in the studio. good morning to you, scott. another storm? >> absolutely, veronica. this is the eighth named storm of the 2010 season and its name is hermine. it could bring some problems along the texas coast. right now, as we take a look at the slaert perspective you can see the deep convection right now in the southern gulf of mexico. that will bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding as we move into the lone star state. not only for your labor day but as we move through the middle part of the week as well. you can see the rain bands continuing to come in around corpus christi and eventually into houston. not everything you see making it to the ground. as we expand the view across the nation here on this labor day, a few light sprinkles around the great lakes and also into the northern plains. as we move into florida looking for some scattered showers and some thunderstorms for today. so over the next 48 hours, look at the heavy rainfall. that bull's-eye in south texas upwards of 10 inches before all is said and done with this tropical
. >> that's exactly why -- >> how you used to be a witch? >> because i dabbled into witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. >> having fun? >> i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. how many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school? but, there's been no witchcraft since. if there was, karl rove would be a supporter now. >> there woo we have the original statement in 1999. how to this wcheekend's rebutta of that. kelly what do we make? is this a quick way of dispelling that video clip from 1999, to make light of it this weekend? when i talked to christine about various clips, not this one in particular, she says that she was trying to be a pundit and entertaining guest when she appeared on bill maher's show about two dozen times in the late '90s. when you talk about things like witchcraft, when trying to be a credible, serious candidate, 11 years later that is difficult. she did try to make light of it and to brush it off as activities that she did when she was in high school and then trying to have kind of the political
>>> this hour, what is the democrats' game plan? dnc chairman, governor tim kaine, joins us. >>> plus, a preacher's plan to burn the koran sparks anti-american protests overseas. well, now the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is sounding the alarm. >>> good day, everybody. i'm norah o'donnell in today for andrea mitchell. and 56 days to go until election day and a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows republicans in a very healthy position for big congressional wins, unless democrats can energize the base. and of course, the major sticking point, the economy. let's get right to democratic pollster, peter hart, who helped conduct the poll for nbc and "the wall street journal." peter, god to the see you. let's first start about the mood of this country, on the wrong track now. 61% of americans concerned about where this country is heading. that is worse than the past two cycles when, of course, party controlled change in congress. what does that tell us? >> people are bleak. it's dark, and they're negative. and what it tells us more than anything else is there isn't c
, not a run. i'm not getting on the train to da if there's running. >> there will be no running from us. we got a golf cart. i got, like, those tony soprano sweats, velour and we'll be smoking. we're in new york, we have msnbc and "time" magazine analyst laura halprin. chris jansing and in washington, d.c., nbc political analyst pat buchanan. i don't know if pat is lathered up by what happened last night. pat, we'll get to you in a minute. i was awakened though in the middle of the night by a three-alarm -- not tweet, a three-alarm column by mark halprin, framing last night in opinion pox lip tick terms for the republican party. >> so apocalyptic. republicans were taking a senate seat, there was a building block to get back to the senate majority. it's gone barring some truly unforeseeable development. absolute binary switch. republicans now almost impossible to come up with a way they get the ten-seat majority. in the longer term it shows the republican party has a huge problem. they've benefit friday the tea party movement so far. they'll benefit in november but maybe having a huge, huge
? >>> scientists trying to see if the fractured rig behind the worst oil spill in u.s. history is sealed for good. >>> heading home. the hiker released from iran is about to land on american soil for the first time since her long ordeal began. good morning everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc sunday. we're talking about bermuda which is bracing for hurricane igor. the category one storm is expected to strike the island later today but already as you can see right there the big waves are pounding bermuda's beaches while islanders rush to board up windows and prep for the storm. let's get more details from the weather channel's jeff morrow. it's a busy time in bermuda. good morning. >> good morning, alex. yeah, they had better have those windows and doors boarded up by now because alex is on the door step. as you can see, here is the center of this hurricane igor and there is bermuda and it's not that far away. we're within about 12 hours or so of this thing passing almost directly over or very close to bermuda. now the good news here, alex, is that the winds are down to 85 miles an hour so it
recent indications republicans may not hold middle class tax cuts hostage to have us borrow $700 llion from our children to make permanent tax cuts to the 2% of earners in the country. if these republicans mean what theyas say, there's no reason t delay moving forward on these -f on tax relief for the middle class. >> with me w nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd and also my co-host on "the daily rundow" nice to see you again. >> howdy. >> hello. feels like thefo white house is ready for a rumble with john boehner. we even expect the president to bring this up again this afternoon talking with the fairfax family about the economy. >> that's right. look. they think they have developed a foil in john boehner. right? the premise of ten days when the president went to cleveland, ohio, last week to go to the same city that john boehner went to a couple weeks before and trying to put a face on the republicans but wh's odd here, savannah, about the back and forth between the white house and john boehner about tax cuts ignores the political reality which is
for good. kristen dahlgren is live for us in venice, louisiana. so another good morning. how is it going at this point? >> reporter: hey, good morning, alex. we're still waiting for any word to come from about 50 miles off the coast here where that operation is under way. the last we heard from bp was some time yesterday afternoon that they had started the cementing process. that started at about 1:30 local time. it was expected to take a few hours. then they needed to let that cement cure. after that they were going to do their pressure test. then at that point they would be able to declare this well killed, that it would never again leak any oil into the gulf of mexico. they did expect to make that announcement at some point today. so we are still waiting. this comes after a long summer of waiting for this bottom kill. the relief well took several months to saúÑ1!xúan"jdrill. dr beneath the floor of the gulf. they met up with that original well and then began this cementing process. so kind of an exclamation point on top of this static kill that they already did that stopped the flo
the president and his allies are hitting back. >> they drove us into the ditch. if we give the keys back to the people who did this it would be like giving back the keys to the person who did this. we will explain what we are watching here. what are we seeing here? >> right now we are watching tropical storm hermine p. all the way to mexico. especially in south texas and parts of the loan star state. look at the radar right now. already starting to see the rain bands moving towards the coast. watching out for flash flooding. look at the doppler radar estimates. so, certainly we will find some problems in the loan star state over the next couple of days. quiet conditions for today. dealing with a few showers and storms in florida and in the pacific northwest. >> thanks so much. we will talk again soon. pakistan rocked by a suicide bombing. at least 17 people killed and more than 40 others wounded. now the taliban claiming responsibility for this and says it is intentionally targeting the police. >> the local police are encouraged to tell local villagers to set up militias to try to keep t
with washington. let us not forget that the tea party stands for taxed enough already. i think people are very upset with the size of government and they're upset with the spending going on and upset with the direction that the country is heading in. >> the republicans didn't recognize that. it didn't take, you know a political genius to figure out that people were mad as hell and weren't going to take it any more. >> yes, ychris, i do. the republican establishment in washington, yes, i do believe they were taken off stream and i think a lot of the leaders here very comfortable in washington and don't get back to their districts as much and don't travel around the country as much. i've heard, i've seen it and it's not a shock to me. it's a shock to a lot of the people in the building behind me. >> do you feel like you were delivered this huge gift? >> i am not going to count any chickens before they're hatched because i learned a dramatic lesson during the presidential primary in 2008 the voters will have their say and all the predictions can kind of get thrown out the window. ron is doing a v
us now from capitol hill with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president has a problem because increasingly democrats also disagree with him over taxes, and republicans are digging in, not good signs for a compromise seven weeks before an election. >> reporter: how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time anymore to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over 250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty part season fight headed into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans are not wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner, who suggested sunday he might support the president, is now backing off. >> if it's your only option as you said sunday, would you vote -- >> i want to extend all of the current tax breaks. >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears t
the political landscape dramatically six weeks before the midterms. mark murray joins us live from the site of the event. a lot of red meat for the faith there. including pleas to keep abortion and same-sex marriage as part of the gop platform. i understand why it's in their speeches. but is it really what they think will get conservatives elected. or is it more of a reallilying call? getting people fired up? >> it's important to point out this is sponsored by the family research counsel, always the social issue in opposition to abortion, opposition to gay marriage, with more opposition in the public sphere. it's no surprise social issues are front and center. the dominant political issue now in america is the economy with the unemployment rate at 10%. but this conference is really trying to hammer home that social issues and getting the social voters out to vote is important for republicans this fall. right before christine o'donnell speaks in a few minutes, i was just hearing a panel talk about their opposition to the repeal of don't ask, don't tell in the military. so they really are try
treasury secretary told us to boost the economy by smoking and having more cigarettes? and drinking booze. yeah. it's one that some of our finer counterpoints recommend. good point, right? i'm thomas roberts live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. we hope you're enjing your labor day. we are here at work and keeping a watchful eye on a storm in the gulf. hermine formed overnight causing potential issues for the texas coast. meteorologist scott williams joins us now live to talk about this. what are we seeing and as the storm is forming, i mean, really barrelling toward texas. >> yeah. certainly right, thomas. we are watching this storm system getting the act together right now. tropical storm hermine packing winds at 45 miles per hour but the water temperatures are still warm and the conditions are favorable for some further intensification. right now, we are tracking warm water temperatures. you can see it in the mid-80s here in the gulf of mexico. the western gulf, the storm moving to the north at 10 miles per hour. you can see making a beeline toward northeast mexico and southe
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in and keeping us up to date and we are keeping our eye on the situation. when we get details, we will pass them along. we have another breaking news story from mexico. hundreds of families may be dead because of this hillside collapse that happened there. it was a landslide that happened in the region of mexico, the southern part of the country, closer to guatemala. after days of rain, a landslide buried between 100 and 300 homes, as many as 1,000 people could be dead. rescuers meantime having challenges even getting to the area. the weather channel's alex wal sas in atlanta. me a little bit about the weather conditions and how it might hamper the rescue effort. >> we are talking about an area here that is very, very hilly. remember we just had a tropical cyclone matthew that moved through. matthew, remnants are hanging around and the moisture is still around for us. all the moisture is rolling into the hilly terrain in mexico, southern portions of mexico. as that happens, the moisture begins to rise even more with the terrain and all that rising with warm moist air. gets a chance to precipitat
. the weather channel's jim cantore is there for us. jim, good morning. >> lester, good morning. yeah, the national weather service here, the bermuda weather service, says it's called to prepare for a direct hit. the center expected to come within 10 miles of bermuda. and with 100 mile wide hurricane force winds, a direct hit is unavailable in through here. you can already see the wave action behind me crashing into the rock cliffs through here. but they're preparing residents. that's the key, to take a major hit. something they haven't seen since fabian here. they're saying we're going to have roof damage, it's going to be widespread. we're going to have tree and power line damage. the royal navy is on standby. the big question is when are they going to be able to get in here? is it going to be monday afternoon? because it looks like conditions are going to be bad for 20, 30, 40 hours where no one will be able to leave their homes and no one will be out on the road. cruise ships plan to park here? no way. they're not even coming in. this certainly looks like it's going to be a very,
. he didn't use a word bullying but it was a message about that conduct. saying when your friends are doing well, don't be jealous of them, be proud of them. watch what they're doing and maybe you can learn something, too. so it's those kinds of sentiments we heard from the president today. should mention the president has been pushing hard on education reforms. his race to the top initiative, a competition for schools for federal funding that makes certain reforms. there's an election here in washington, d.c. today that a lot of people will be watching closely. mayor adrian fenty in a tough re-election battle. a lot of observers in local politics thinks he may not prevail. he hired the chancellor of washington schools. somebody the president and education secretary appointed to as somebody who is good on the issues of reform. we'll see if mayor fenty and michelle reid keep their jobs after today. >> savannah guthrie live at the white house. thank you. >>> an update on american sarah shourd. she's out of the iranian prison and speaking now for the very first time. >> i want to rea
reports are that the first suspect was using an automatic weapon. >> yeah, that initial report, thomas, now, again, we don't have that from law enforcement. so t could be anywhere from what you and i know to be a semiautomatic pistol all the way up to something like an automatic rifle, for example, an ak-47. we just don't know right now. what we do know is that this first individual, evidentally was making some kind of statement first by firing these rounds and, unfortunately, we said he fired them in the area, didn't shoot at anyone in particular but he turned the weapon on himself and killed himself. this second person he was allegedly seen with was that a friend or just another student or could that be another gunman? well, on that campus they just can't take the chance. right now you have this major search going on and you've got 50,000 students plus faculty and staff either hunkered down, locking themselves in place or being told to stay away from campus until this is resolved. >> clint, we'll ask you to stick with us throughout the hour as we get more information on this breaking
economic week. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. it's all about the economy this week for president obama. he's set to unveil new initiatives to boost employment and help democrats in congress keep their jobs in the bargain. with summer drawing to a close, the campaign season is now in full swing. for the president, it promises to be an all-out political fight. >> i think voting tomorrow we would be doing well. >> reporter: they're on the attack against mr. obama and the party. >> he's governed from the left ditch. he turned the agenda over to the liberals in the house and here we are a few months before the election and all caught up with him. >> reporter: the number one issue, the economy. with growth still sluggish and the jobless rate high. many democrats are in danger of losing their seats with some running away from their own leaders. >> that may not be what the washington crowd wants but i don't work for them, i work for you. >> reporter: angry voters in ohio want more presidential focus on the economy. >> we'r
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'm savannah guthrie. good morning, everyone. let's get right to the rundown. at the top for us what some are calling the new sheriff on wall street. after months of speculation and rumors, the president will make it official today naming elizabeth warren to help start up the new powerful consumer bureau. she's the darling of the left, but conservatives were ready to fight her nomination tooth and nail. the president is moving to effectively sidestep the senate with the way he is handling this announcement. mike is live on the white house north lawn. so she's going to be temporarily advising the president. explain, this mike. >> reporter: well, she could serve conceivably about midway into 2012. that's the way this is set up in the law if you look at the language involved here. you're right, if they make it official today, savannah, kind of, she's being appointed in this advisory role to sidestep the senate confirmation process that would have been problematic. she's essentially walking in the side door of this house that she herself created, her own brainchild. this consumer protection b
feared. the storm is still kicking up dangerous rip currents, though. kevin is live for us in rockport, massachusetts. it looks pretty as a picture behind you. >> reporter: absolutely, you know. earl, we hardly knew you, thank goodness. because here in rockport, this harbor would be filled with boats and a lot of them have been pulled out of the water. and the good news is this morning that everything planned for rockport and the gloucester area out here in massachusetts is being put back on and all the labor day celebrations are going to be taking place. and they're going to be taking place as many people here breathe a sigh of relief. because this storm did go through here last night. it's gray and there's a little bit of rain coming down, but nothing like had been predicted all week long from this fierce force four hurricane that was going to be coming through here. fortunately, it was just sort of a storm when it came through here last night. and as you just mentioned, it's heading its way up north to canada towards halifax, and now people up there are being told to be on the looko
of a better response than to mimic their ideas. the u.s. political correspondent for financial times. good morning. >> good morning. >> do you think when it comes to the economy it is possible to separate politics from the policies the white house is putting forth? >> not now, that's for sure. eight weeks out from the midterm election. this is all about politics and about trying to shore up the democratic seats in the house and the senate and to staunch some of the losses there. i think that's what president is trying to do, to show to voter his realizes the gravity of the problem and he's on to it. >> let's get to the democrats' main message on the economy right now, and contrast that with the republicans in terms of how they say they would handle things differently. >> i think, i mean, it's a problem for both parties here. democrats are not sure what their economic message is at the movement. the president has come out strong again saying it's jobs, jobs, jobs from now on but there's a lot of division within the democratic party. we see some democrats trying to distance themselves from t
around the statue of liberty. peter alexander joins us from queens, new york. >> thomas, first of all, just to be very clear, folks are so unused to that that it's only happened eight times a tornado has touched down in new york city. in the last 60 years. it's unclear if that's what happened so far. give you an idea of what the damage is left behind. on the top floor you can see the roof was peeled back like the top of a can of sardines. you can get a better sense of the experience. a husband and his wife, 7 months pregnant just moved into the apartment a month ago. they were having dinner with the woman's mom when the windows blew in, the brook wall fell in and the roof peeled off. the pregnant woman is in the hospital. he was hurt. going forward, most people are worried about electricity. 30,000 people still without power. con-ed reporting they will work through the weekend to make sure everyone gets their power back. they hope to have most people's power returned by late saturday. everybody's power returned by 11:00 p.m. on sunday. and for those on the eastbound line on the port w
rocks at passing american con voice. and there were protests in indonesia. u.s. general david petraeus has warned the anger is so intense, the pastor's actions could endanger u.s. troops in afghanistan and could actually end up helping the taliban. nbc's tom aspell is in kabul, afghanistan. what's the big concern if the pastor goes through on his threat to burn the koran? >> well, contessa, simply that afghans will react violently to it. now, general david petraeus in an e-mail in response to questions from the associated press about the affair said today, images of a koran burning would undoubtedly be used by extremists on both sides, in afghanistan and around the world to enflame public opinion and to incite violence. he went further, he said, burning of a koran would put the safety of our troops and american civilians in afghanistan at risk, and would also compromise the mission here. i think what the general is saying is that afghans are in danger of going into the streets and turning against any american military they see, any american civilians. there is precedent for unrest like
they wanted us to proceed. they asked us to keep him on the phone and keep him talking. the lunch hours was just ending when the gunman walk under to the discovery channel headquarters just outside of washington waving a handgun and ordering everyone in the lobby to stay still. we now know the suspect was james jay lee whose long list of demands included a change in discovery channel programming. as word of the hostage situation spread, nbc news producer called discovery channel general number. suddenly lee himself picked up the phone. >> no one has been shot. >> do you have a gun? >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. i have a device that if i drop it, if i drop it i'll explode. >> reporter: decided against reporting the conversation until the situation was over. while lee held three hostages at gunpoint most of the building's 1,900 employees were told to evacuate and did. including all the children in a day care center on the first floor. >> someone came to me, came to me and said, don't go into the lobby. there's some action goin
power. let's head to new jersey where mike tiabbi is standing by for us. what's the latest out there? >> reporter: the latest is that it looks like a nice kind of oily weather, but late afternoon. near miss, glancing blow, dodging a bullet, any of them work for the jersey shore, because while they were prepared for the worst, and a category 4 hurricane would have been the worst, it certainly wasn't the worse. it didn't even deliver the tropical storm winds you were talking about, it was about 40 miles an hour. it's just about high tide right now, as you look behind me, you can see the surge of the surf coming up on the beach further than it normally does, you see people walking out there, but there's really even been very little rain here, very little flooding obviously with very little rain and no worries at this point that the rain would cause any damage whatsoever. and some people have been ignoring those warnings about rip currents, the coast guard has just suspended the search for one man who disappeared off delmar just a little while ago and they recover the body of a man who d
for that political playbook to be handed us from on high from the elite. it may take some renegades going rogue to get us there. it may take folks shaking us up, shaking it up to get there. >> so will the emerging split help democrats this fall? we'll bring in christina belatony. good morning to you, christina. >> good morning, alex. >> what do you make of all that? the republicans are facing a real challenge from the conservative base? >> sure, that has definitely happened. you have seen that play out all summer long. of course, democrats like any split. democrats have plenty of their own splits, but sarah palin is a unique figure in this because she's endorsed very mainstream candidates from senator john mccain against a tea party favorite conservative candidate in j.d. hayworth. then kelly who won in new hampshire. she was the preferred choice there, but the going rogue candidate christina o'donnell has rosen onto the national stage, she's very conservative and democrats think they have a real chance to keep this seat in delaware now because she's far more conservative than the establishment
we do business. here's to the owners showing us the way. [trumpet playing "reveille" fades to silence] >>> sex sells, not anymore on one popular website, craig list shuts down the assault services section. why the move now? >>> a big week ahead. the president will hit the road to help the housing and jobs market. a look at specifics ahead. >>> scary stuff. hurricane earl is gone but left potentially dangerous waters behind. why hundreds had to be rescued. >>> a divorce for the ages, involves millions and millions of dollars, fabulous mansions and one of the most famous baseball teams around. playing out in court right now. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." let's talk about hurricane earl. it is officially gone now but in some places even this morning it has left behind dangerous conditions. we have dramatic pictures from nova scotia, winds whipped up high waves and flooded roadways. what is left of the storm is expected to curl back out to sea tonight. residents up and down the eastern seaboard could feel the power of earl in the form
's attendance or, dare we say it, lackthereof. the white house giving us he gets a daily devotional on his blackberry, he guess to camp david and speaks privately with spiritual advisers all the time. the first family on a beautiful day walking across the street, ace cameraman gary bell there captured them coming off the north portico, and then after the services, they walked back across the street. i thought we'd throw that in, alex. >> that was nice. and you know, i'll tell you, you can't beat the commute there, especially when you have a lovely day and pennsylvania shut down. thank you very much. good to see you, mike. >> reporter: okay, alex. >> you can watch david gregory's interviews with former secretary of state colin powell and former president bill clinton when "meet the press" reairs at 2:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc sunday. >>> developing now, the american woman held in iran for more than 13 months and accused of spying is back in the united states this morning. a spokesperson for sarah shourd says the 32-year-old arrived this morning at dulles national airport near washington, d.c
they'll come up with. otherwise, they may be used as political pawns. >> how concerned are you and other observers of the situation for josh fattal and shane bauer. the united states doesn't traditionally bargain with countries like this trying to use bargaining chips to get them released. >> they've made it clear they're not going to trade any prisoners or anything like that. the future looks a little ominous for them. it's been a long time in very, very hard conditions. when we were back in iran in may, they gave a press conference for the three of them. >> i remember that. >> and they looked tired. i mean, a year at that point in an irrain yan jail had taken a emotional and physical toll on them. they feel one third free that sara has been released, but it has to be tough being left behind there. >> ali arazi, thanks so much. >>> a rising tea party star falling behind in the polls. christine o'donnell is trailing chris coons. in the newest cnn/time opinion research poll. i'm joined now live by deputy clinical director mark murray. good morning again. >> good morning, alex. >
with temperatures in the triple digits. let's get the latest holiday weekend forecast for all of us still a day and a half left to enjoy with the weather channel's scott williams. good morning. >> well good morning, alex. good morning, everyone on this labor day weekend. we have weather to talk about. of course earl is long gone but leaving dangerous rip currents. many of the beaches are still open but some still have a few restrictions out there. we are tracking a cluster of showers and storms to the east of the leeward islands, what is left of gaston trying to redevelop a little later on. a high probability of that. take a look at the cluster of showers and storms in the southern gulf of mexico. there's a chance that could develop into a tropical cyclone as well. we'll watch for that. fairly quiet across much of the nation here, looking at the radar, a few showers and storms moving through the high plains and also the upper midwest. and along the gulf of mexico. but look at the forecast for parts of the northeast. picture perfect, certainly a touch of fall, 79 degrees for the high temperature
potts joins us there capitol hill with more. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. we have results from seven states including washington, d.c. where the city will will get a new mayor, one of several upsets during this primary election. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we the people. >> reporter: the tea party favorite who republicans said couldn't be elected dog catcher won the party senate nomination in delaware. and in new york, political newcomer carl polidino overcame his challenger's lead to become the republican's candidate for governor. >> if we've learned anything tonight, it's that new yorkers are as mads as hell. >> reporter: he'll take on andrew cuomo. also in new york, charlie rangel beat five other democrats and a dozen other ethics charges in his bid to stay in washington. >> no matter what they say, i go back to washington stronger than ever. >> reporter: in all, five states chose senate nominee and six more named candidates for governor. democrats are hoping to hold on to their majority. >> i'm not yielding one grain of sand. >> reporter: in d.c.'s
association with tea party candidates and in part because she was such a surprise winner and tell us a little bit about what you think about her and what the buzz is there about her. >> well, i think there's another part to it and that is that she was attacked by republicans. the republican establishment and i think when you put all of that into the mix, that has raised her profile beyond anything that it would have been on its own. the fact that she upset a 40-year political veteran who was a liberal republican and that the establishment had backed him and then when she wins, they get mad and attack her. so, that makes the mix, given this tea party background of kind of anti-incumbent, it's a pretty powerful mix. >> and i'm also interested because the first thing you said is that she was attacked by the party establishment. we heard it from the state gop chairman, we heard it from karl rove who called her nutty and it does sort of point to what is seen as this great divide within the republican party and a lot of people questioning whether that's going to serve conservative views long term.
the blownout well. behind the worst oil spill in u.s. history. and for more on that, we go to nbc's kristen dahlgren in venice, louisiana. good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, lynn. day 150 and that relief well they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the well some 2 1/2 miles beneath the floor of the gulf. in a statement late last night, the incident commander said the two wells were now connected and that the next step is to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. obviously, good news for people in this area. really just one step in their recovery. oil here continues to wash ashore. this week, evidence of a massive fish kill here. thousands of dead fish. take a look at these pictures. almost looks like a gravel road there. scientists say it's not uncommon at this time of year and it was caused by lack of oxygen. people here continue to ask for proof that the oil and dispersent didn't play into that. tony hayward, who inflamed so many tempers here, defend bp's safety record this week as he testified in britain. h
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